U.S. Ambassador To Russia: NATO ‘Most Effective Defensive Alliance’ In History

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(RFE/RL – rferl.org – June 27, 2016) The U.S. ambassador to Russia has tried to allay Moscow’s concerns about NATO’s intentions ahead of a crucial summit next week while offering an impassioned defense of the alliance, which he says has been forced to respond to Kremlin aggression in Ukraine. In a June 27 interview with the Russian-language services of RFE/RL […]

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Russian minister and U.S. ambassador discuss privatization, sanctions

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(Interfax – March 28, 2016) The Russian privatization and sanctions against Russia were discussed during the meeting between Russian Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev and UEc.S. Ambassador to Russia John Tefft in Moscow on March 28, along with other aspects of the Russia-U.S. trade and economic cooperation. “We have discussed a broad spectrum of the Russian-American economic ties, including both […]

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Transcript of Ambassador Tefft’s Interview with Russian Wire Services

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(US Embassy Moscow – January 28, 2016) Ambassador John F. Tefft: I thought I’d start and say a couple of words, and then I’d take your questions to focus on what you want to talk about. I was back in Washington for a few weeks to see my children and my grandchildren. Like a good grandfather, I should be going […]

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News of Closure of American Center in Moscow Rattles Muscovites

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Daria Litvinova, Anna Dolgov – September 18, 2015) News of the possible shutting down of an American culture center sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Moscow after 22 years of operation rattled Muscovites on Wednesday. Ambassador John Tefft was the first to break the news in a statement published on the embassy’s website, warning that […]

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Interfax: Obama expects relations with Russia to improve after source of tension eliminated – U.S. Ambassador

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MOSCOW. May 6 (Interfax) – U.S. President Barack Obama expects that relations with Russia will improve after the source of current tensions between the two countries is eliminated, U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Tefft said. “While President Obama is not able to attend this year’s commemoration [of the victory in WWII in Moscow on May 9], I know that he […]

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Tefft Says Obama Would Be ‘Happy’ to Get Involved in Ukraine Peace Talks

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Anna Dolgov – April 22, 2015) Moscow would welcome the involvement of any country that could pressure Kiev into observing a cease-fire with separatists, the Kremlin said, after the U.S. ambassador to Russia suggested President Barack Obama would readily participate in the Ukrainian peace talks if he were invited. Ambassador John Tefft said U.S. officials […]

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U.S. ambassador confirms Obama’s non-attendance of May festivities in Moscow

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MOSCOW. April 21 (Interfax) – The United States Ambassador to Russia, John Tefft, has confirmed that it will be he who is representing his country at a military parade in Moscow on May 9 on the occasion of the 70th V-Day anniversary. When asked on the Ekho Moskvy radio on Tuesday why U.S. President Barack Obama declined the invitation to […]

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Russia Beyond the Headlines: Lack of U.S. interest in Russia felt in speeches

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Lara McCoy Roslof, RBTH – January 21, 2015) Comments by both U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Tefft and U.S. President Barack Obama indicate that the U.S. has little motivation to lift sanctions against On Jan. 20, the same day U.S. President Barack Obama delivered his annual State of the Union address, U.S. Ambassador […]

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Ambassador John F. Tefft Speech to the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia

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(US Embassy Moscow – January 20, 2015) Thank you for that introduction, Alex. I am grateful for this opportunity to speak to members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia. I am sure you already know them and work closely with them, but let me start by introducing my team. First, there is Deputy Chief of Mission Lynne Tracy […]

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U.S. Ambassador John Tefft Unfazed by ‘Inevitable’ Slump in Russia Relations

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Anna Dolgov – November 24, 2014) The new U.S. Ambassador to Russia, John Tefft, has said the current crisis between Moscow and Washington can be resolved and that Western sanctions may be rolled back if Russia implements the terms of a peace plan for Ukraine that it co-signed. Tefft, who served as the top U.S. […]

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RIA Novosti: “John Tefft Sworn In as New US Ambassador to Russia”

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WASHINGTON, September 3 (RIA Novosti) – The new US Ambassador to Russia John Tefft has been sworn into office in Washington, the US Embassy in Moscow reported on Twitter. “Congratulations! Today John Kerry has sworn new US Ambassador to Russia John Tefft into office,” the Tweet on Tuesday said. The date of the diplomat’s arrival to Moscow has not been […]

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Russia Beyond the Headlines: Tefft calls for working with the Kremlin

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Nikolai Litovkin, RBTH – July 31, 2014) The man likely to be the next U.S. ambassador to Russia indicates that options for cooperation must remain open On July 29, the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations held an unannounced meeting in which its members unanimously approved John Tefft’s nomination as the next U.S. […]

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Moscow formally approves new U.S. ambassador Tefft

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Nikolai Litovkin, RBTH – July 10, 2014) The Russian Foreign Ministry has given its approval to American diplomat John Tefft’s appointment as the new ambassador to Russia. According to Russian political scientists, the career foreign service officer is known for his anti-Russian position – so how will his appointment affect political relations with […]

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A Bogeyman In Russia, U.S. Envoy Appears Poised For Moscow Job

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(RFE/RL – rferl.org – Carl Schreck – July 5, 2014) In Moscow they have called him a regime-change expert, a “diplomatic diversionist” dispatched by Washington to foment unrest in Russia’s neighboring states. And now he appears to be headed to Russia, where Kremlin surrogates warn he may try to do the same. Meet John Tefft, the man who has apparently been tapped to manage […]

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RBTH: U.S. choice of new ambassador to Russia may cause chill in relations

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Dmitry Agnin, special to RBTH – July 1, 2014) The United States has asked the Russian Foreign Ministry for approval to John Tefft’s appointment as the new U.S. ambassador to Moscow. Experts polled by RBTH believe that Tefft’s appointment has already been approved in principle, although it is likely to make relations between […]

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Washington Asks Moscow to Approve John Tefft as new U.S. Ambassador

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Ivan Nechepurenko – July 1, 2014) Washington has requested Moscow’s formal approval of its appointment of John Tefft as U.S. ambassador to Russia, a source in the Foreign Ministry told The Moscow Times on Monday. Tefft served as ambassador to both Ukraine and Georgia in the past decade, and as a top diplomat in Moscow […]

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